Communications Internship with NGO
Are you passionate about topics such as migration, refugees, inclusion, and integration? Do you have experience or an interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication, and marketing for NGOs? This organization provides services to migrants and refugees that came to Cape Town from all over Africa. They also run several projects to contribute to the cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. This Communications Internship gives you the opportunity to assist with develop and update content for their website and social media, report on events and areas of interest such as human rights, migration, refugees, integration and much more. The communications department is a young department, so this internship is an excellent opportunity to use your creativity and ideas to make an impact.
- Destination Cape Town
- Type of Organization Nonprofit
- Work focus Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing
- Length of internship Minimum 3 months
- Accommodation Choice of several types
- Fee on demand
This organization started in Cape Town in 1994 as religious assistance to different communities of migrants but soon expanded to offering more tangible assistance as they were confronted with the problems experienced by refugees from Angola, the Congos, Rwanda, Burundi and other African communities. In 2003 a secular non-government organization was started to run these projects, the Scalabrini Center of Cape Town (SCCT).
Migration is perceived as an opportunity by this organization, so they are on a mission to alleviate poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. In providing their assistance they advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.
Every month around 2000 people visit the center, which offers service through six main programme areas:
- Advocacy: Protecting, promoting and advancing the rights and freedoms of migrants and refugees by providing paralegal advice and practical assistance to individuals on a walk-in basis. In addition, this team works on driving deeper systemic change in the South African society and immigration and asylum systems.
- English School: Providing a specialized English language school for refugees and migrants.
- Employment Access: Providing a gateway to employment by providing support to foreign nationals who are legally entitled to look for work in South Africa. The organization provides a combination of skills training, professional development, and resources needed for success in the job market.
- Unite: A unique extra-curricular curriculum for grade 8-11, which provokes a deep exploration of the themes of identity, integration, and diversity to promote activism and critical thought in youth living in South Africa.
- Welfare: Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need. Through a process of consultation, they assist individuals to access basic services such as medical care, schooling, shelter, South African Social Grants (SASSA grants) and assistance with advice/application for voluntary repatriation.
- Women’s Platform: A multi-national network of women that strengthens individuals to enhance economic independence and integration into the broader South African community.
The Communications Team is a recently established team within this NGO. An internship in this field promises to be exciting and fresh and will require you to report on several different events and on different issues pertaining to migration. You are supported by the Communications Manager but are also the kind of person who likes taking initiative and working independently. Ideally, you have experience and an interest in public relations, communications, digital communication, intercultural communication, and marketing for NGOs.
- Managing and updating the contents of the website
- Developing social media content (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube)
- Reporting on events, or items of interest – such events may take place or when the organization is part of an outreach event
- Researching areas of interest that articles can be written about (or actually also writing the article)
- Taking pictures at events and of subjects pertaining to articles and/or multimedia pieces
- Designing and managing communication campaigns
- Managing the newsletter: contents, layout, delivery, list of recipients, promotion.
Where you’ll stay
The organization runs a guest house in the center of Cape Town. Located in the heart of the city, close to restaurants, museums, and great shopping, and just a five-minute walk to Long Street, you will be in a great location for exploring everything that Cape Town has to offer. You will stay in the dorm room or, if you prefer more privacy, you can book your own room. The guest house has all of the facilities you will need to feel at home, including internet access and WiFi, laundry service, a self-catering kitchen, a relaxing lounge environment and a friendly and helpful staff.
All of the revenue generated by this guest house goes towards sustaining different welfare and development projects aimed at supporting refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.
- Passionate about topics such as migration, refugees, inclusion, and integration
- Good written and verbal communication, strong editing skills in English
- Self-motivated, detail-oriented with strong written, verbal & organizational skills
- Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
- The ability to work independently and with others
- Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality
- The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
- Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience
- Skills in Photoshop (and/or other editing programmes) is a plus – but not required
- Minimum availability for three months
The Application Process
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:
- Fill in the Application form (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
- If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
- If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
- Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.
Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
When can you start making an impact?
You can start your internship every week, so your final starting date is based on what suits you and the organization the best.
At Roots, we do everything we can to make your work placement experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Cape Town, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported. These fees are based on a shared dorm room in a beautiful central Cape Town guesthouse. If you are interested in another kind of accommodation or a single room, please let us know. If you let us know how long you want to stay, we will send you an exact quote depending on the duration of your internship.
What is included in the fee?
- Full accommodation rental fees based on a shared dorm room.
- Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day.
- Placement fee for finding you the right internship, assistance with your visa, organizing accommodation and transport, preparations and support to you and host organization before, during and after your placement.
What is not included in the fee?
- Flights to Cape Town
- Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
- Costs for additional excursions or activities